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Marion Jay Epley, Sr
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Birth: Oct. 22, 1878
Marion County
Ohio, USA
Death: Feb. 5, 1954
Forrest County
Mississippi, USA

Marion Jay Epley, Sr. was born to Francis M. Epley (1852-1946) and Lydia A. Ulsh Epley (1857-1882). The graves of these parents are unknown.

Marion married 1) Eva K. Quin (1878-1972) on Sept. 26, 1906, in Pike County, MS.

Five children:
Marion Jay Epley, Jr. (1907-1997)
Lucia Quin Epley Stahel (1909-2005)
Courtney Ann Epley Parker (1911-1992)
Eva Lydia Epley (1916-1933)
Hallie Epley Crawford Youngchild (1917-2006)

Eva & Marion Epley, Sr., divorced in 1942 in Okaloosa County, Florida.

Marion married 2) Florence Moore (1905 - 1976). Children: ???

Name is misspelled on the tombstone. It is Marion, not Marian.

From The History of Marion County, Ohio, 1883:
FRANCIS M. EPLEY (Claridon Township) is a native of Claridon Township, born April 18, 1852, the son of David and Sarah (Dunbar) Epley, who settled in Marion in early times. The father died September 8, 1863, while the mother continued to reside with her son Francis. Mr. Epley obtained a good education from the district schools, and remained at home until he formed a life partnership in August 1876 with Lydia A. Ulsh, a daughter of John and Jemimah (Cunningham) Ulsh. They had one heir -Marion J.-born October 16, 1878. Mrs. Epley was born February 29, 1857, and departed this life August 7, 1882. Mr. Epley has ninety-five acres of well-improved land, worth $60 per acre, which is stocked with good grades. He is industrious and highly respected. He was elected Trustee of the township in 1881 and has continued to serve in that capacity. He has also served as School Director nine years and is Clerk of the Board. Politically speaking, he is a Democrat.


From The History of Marion County, Ohio, 1907:
FRANCIS M. EPLEY, ex-county commissioner and a representative agriculturist and large stock-raiser, resides in section 32, Claridon township, on his valuable farm of 123 acres. He was born in Prospect township, Marion County, Ohio, April 18, 1852, and is a son of David and Sarah (Dunbar) Epley.

The Epley family originated in Wuerttemberg, Germany, where the grandfather, George W. Epley, was born. He came to Marion County as one of the pioneers. David Epley, the father, was born in Trumball County, Ohio, and was a youth when he accompanied his parents to this section, where he lived, a respected, useful citizen, until his death in 1863. He married Sarah Dunbar, whose parents came from Pennsylvania at an early date and settled in Prospect township. Of the children born to David Epley and wife, five survive, as follows: Francis M.; Ellen, wife of Solomon Rosencrans, of Scott township; George W. and Samuel D. of Claridon township and Emma J. (6/22/1860-?), wife of George Frank Barks, of Pleasant township. David Epley served as a trustee of Claridon township and took all active interest in the development of its resources.

Francis M. Epley was reared in Claridon township and as he was the eldest of the family many responsibilities were placed on his shoulders after the death of his father. He took charge of the farm for his widowed mother, later being assisted by his brothers as they grew to manhood. The land was swampy and difficult to place under cultivation, but perseverance and industry finally brought about excellent results. Mr. Epley has always been an industrious man and as he looks over this neighborhood and sees the country as it is and compares his farm with what it was when he took charge, he feels as if he was one of the pioneers. His mother survived until 1877.

Mr. Epley was married (first) to Lydia A. Ulsh, a daughter of John Ulsh, a former resident of Claridon township, who died while serving his country during the Civil War. When Mrs. Epley died, she left one son, Marion J., a civil engineer, who resides at Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Mr. Epley married (second) Martha Fairchilds of Richland township. At her death she left two daughters, namely: Alma Inez, wife of A. E. Snider, of Claridon township; and Iva May, at home. Mr. Epley was married (third) to Mrs. Mary E. Riffle, nee Snider who was the widow of Solomon Riffle, formerly of Licking County, Ohio.

Mr. Epley is a member of the Evangelical Association. he served for many years as school director of District No. 8, Claridon township, always taking all interest in the advancement of education in his locality. For four years he served as one of the township trustees and during a portion of this time he was president of the board. During his service of three years as county commissioner, he was the president of the board for one year. Politically he is a Democrat.
Family links: 
  Eva K. Quin Epley (1878 - 1972)*
  Florence Ryan Moore Epley (1905 - 1976)*
  Marion Jay Epley (1907 - 1997)*
  Lucia Quin Epley Stahel (1908 - 2005)*
  Courtney Ann Epley Parker (1911 - 1992)*
  Eva Lydia Epley (1916 - 1933)*
  Hallie Epley Youngchild (1917 - 2006)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Name should be Marion, not Marian
Dixie Baptist Church Cemetery
Forrest County
Mississippi, USA
Maintained by: Dawn Kelley
Originally Created by: MORRIS SWEET
Record added: Feb 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65411495
Marion Jay Epley, Sr
Added by: Dawn Kelley
Marion Jay Epley, Sr
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